Met Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson officially opened ‘The Met Collection’, a collection of exhibits from the force’s history.
Located in the ‘Met Collection’ centre opposite West Brompton tube station, the exhibition will feature a rotating pool of items from the police archives, including uniforms, police equipment and World War II display.
Martin Tiplady, Director of Human of Resources for the Met said: “The Met Collection building will have a dual purpose, mixing old with the new. We will host recruitment events there and have a permanent careers advice area so new staff and officers coming into the Met will be inspired and get a sense of our history and pride.”
Kit Malthouse, Vice Chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA), said the Met’s archive of 15,000 items “has for too long been hidden from public view.”
Malthouse added: “The MPA and the Mayor share the ambition to create a world class ‘blue light’ museum in the capital. This will be a valuable teaching resource and a world class tourist attraction. Such a development is long overdue, and this small but fascinating centre should be seen as a first encouraging step towards that goal.”
The Met Collection is free to all and more information can be found by calling 0207 161 1234.